HySMART will explore the feasibility of implementing advanced robotics processes to enable scale up in the manufacture of hydrogen fuel cell stack products. It is expected that the results of this feasibility study will increase confidence in hydrogen fuel cell technology and accelerate commercial uptake in the automotive sector by identifying ways to reduce costs and improve conformability, quality and robustness of the end product.


Li-BAR is a six-month study to determine the feasibility of establishing co-located battery pack assembly and remanufacturing facilities. Co-locating the sites will provide opportunities to optimally use batteries throughout their lives, maximise value leveraged from components through reuse, minimise operational and capital costs, and reduce waste.


CLiCCC will evaluate the economic viability of extracting lithium from decomposed granite, which is also rich in kaolin and abundantly present in Cornwall. Extracting both lithium and kaolin from the same source rock will increase the competitiveness of kaolin on the global market while establishing a steady domestic supply of lithium.


AcouBat will test a novel acoustic battery testing method in a practical setting – on AMTE Power’s cell manufacturing line. Alongside the physical validation, a digital simulation of the testing facility will be created by HSSMI to determine where on the production line the acoustic testing method could bring the most benefit.


In Thurso+, HSSMI is working together with AMTE Power to explore ways of increasing the productivity of AMTE Power’s existing cell manufacturing facility and develop a plan to transition to a high-volume plant. The project will explore how AMTE Power’s facility could best adopt the innovative methodologies, procedures and equipment used in state-of-the-art Gigafactories outside of the UK.


CO-VERSATILE is a pan-European project to deploy concepts for repurposing and scaling up flexible and sustainable production methods and supply chain solutions to rapidly address Europe’s demand for essential medical equipment and supplies. CO-VERSATILE project members will leverage their expertise and network to repurpose existing technologies and services for elevating the adaptability and resilience of the manufacturing sector.


5GEM-UK aims to demonstrate the value that 5G will bring to the manufacturing industry by creating testbeds at Ford and TWI, which will enhance shop floor monitoring – from enabling real-time monitoring and control of machines and processes to improving data collection. As part of the project, HSSMI will develop new productivity enhancing digital tools and applications.


The ReGaIL project seeks to develop a recovery process for gallium from bulk sourced end-of-life LED products. The recovered gallium can then be used in a compound of gallium nitride (GaN) as a semiconductor in power electronics, machines, and drives (PEMD). The recovery process flow will be tested and validated via a discrete event simulation, designed by HSSMI.

PET Full Loop

PET Full Loop seeks to improve the state of recycling in the UK by developing the country’s first dual PET bottle and tray recycling facility. HSSMI will leverage its expertise in applying digital tools in various industries to create a digital twin of the recycling facility. This is understood to be a novel approach for the waste industry.


Perseus aims to develop UK expertise in equipment and tooling needs through the development of a flexible ICE/EDU manufacture strategy. Simulation tools and flexible facility design will enable the consortium to explore scenarios linked to changes in volume, layout, cycle times, component design and operations. The project will also create dedicated training courses to upskill UK engineers in EDU manufacture.


The aim of the Electrified Powertrain Pilot Line for Manufacturing Engineering (E:PriME) project is to create unique capabilities for ultra-high-volume manufacture of next generation powertrains. The consortium consists of the manufacturing engineering and machine tool builder supply chain of these new powertrains with the aim to develop new processes and test them at rate whilst integrating new manufacturing concepts based on Industry 4.0.


Project LEWAS will identify viable and cost-effective methods for improving fuel efficiency of aquaculture workboats and contribute to decreasing their greenhouse gas emissions by up to 25% due to decreased fuel usage, resulting in annual emission and fuel cost reductions. HSSMI will use simulation modelling to identify the methods that could bring the most economic and environmental value.


Project VALUABLE’s key objectives are to develop commercially viable metrology and test processes as well as new supply chain concepts for recycling, reuse and remanufacturing of automotive lithium-ion batteries to create a complete End-of-Life (EoL) supply chain network within the UK.


SeaTrace is a 3-month feasibility study, funded by the UK Seafood Innovation Fund’s Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, to define a traceability system for the UK’s marine by-product supply chain. SeaTrace is innovative in that it assesses the different tracking systems such as RFID, Barcode, and QR code in combination with cloud data storage architectures like blockchain technology.


The concept behind CICERO is straight-forward – tear down batteries that are at the end of first life to a modular level and re-structure them for use in a classic vehicle. HSSMI, with inputs from other partners, will create flexible battery disassembly and re-assembly processes, enabling both stations to be re-configured to perform either function as necessary.

Intelligent Naval 4.0

The IN 4.0 project aims to improve the competitiveness of naval sector companies through the adaptation of the traditional productive model towards the Industry 4.0 - guaranteeing the sector’s endurance in an increasingly demanding market where technological innovation is a key factor of strategic advantage.


An R&D project, developing advanced zero emissions hybrid technology for use within LEVC’s new zero emissions capable product range. The project will also contribute to enhancing the capabilities and sustainability of the low carbon supply chain across the UK. HSSMI is leading simulation work and the recovery & recycling strategy to capture the development of future state models to optimise manufacturing at LEVC.

Finding a second life for automotive leather in the fashion industry

A cross-industry, circular economy project, focused on capturing the full value of the leather that goes into vehicle seats. Bringing together partners from automotive, fashion and other industries, HSSMI leads the effort to investigate how leather from automotive seats could be reused in the fashion industry to create new products.


The Closed Loop Innovation for Fused Filament Fabrication (CLIFFF) project focuses on developing a new value chain from a plastic waste stream. The project is novel as it aims to develop a reverse logistics system for collecting waste from a targeted and growing 3D printing industry.


Hydrogen Diesel Injection in a Marine Environment (HyDIME) aims to make waves in the marine industry by proving the safe integration and use of hydrogen on vessels. One of HyDIME’s goals is the design and physical integration of a hydrogen injection system on a commercial passenger and vehicle ferry which will be the first of its kind worldwide. The hydrogen used in the HyDIME project will be cleanly produced from renewable energy.

High Volume Additive Manufacturing - HVAM

The overall objective of this project is to deploy High Speed Sintering technology (HSS) in a high-volume series production environment. The project aims to develop a decision-making tool that will be used to compare and contrast additive manufacturing against conventional manufacturing techniques and provide a systematic process of material selection.

Water Accelerated Technology for En-Tyre Recycling

The WATER project focused on the development of an innovative tyre recycling process which enabled the optimal recovery of high value resources from end of life car tyres. The project concentrated on the development of a novel recycling technology which used Ultra High-Pressure Water (UHPW) to break down and separate materials from a tyre into three distinct resources.

Hybrid Fusion Energy System

The Hybrid Fusion Energy System (HyFes) project was an initiative to fit marine vessels with batteries and allow them to operate along the River Thames in a similar way a hybrid car would. The MBNA Thames Clipper river boat service and their high-speed catamarans were chosen as a test bed, due to its stop start capabilities in operation that would suit itself to hybrid propulsion.

opendynamic Manufacturing Operating System

Opendynamic Manufacturing Operating System (openMOS) was a European project with a consortium of 15 companies which developed a modular plug-and-produce equipment. The objective of openMOS was to allow quick integration of machines and automation systems in production environments, a prerequisite for the implementation of Industry 4.0 solutions. HSSMI delivered a genetic algorithm optimiser for dynamic product routing in a manufacturing plant.

Symbiotic Simulation with Data Management

The aim of this project was to improve the speed at which simulation results of an automotive manufacturing line can be delivered by significantly reducing time to build the models and interpret the results. A discrete event simulation is a model that replicates the real world into an ordered sequence of events in digital form.

Pilot Kitting Robot - PIKBOT

This Pilot will build a robotic test cell that enables Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK to develop automated kitting capability for its part families. The cell is intended to be modular and scalable built on low cost, commercially available hardware integrated together with advanced software capability.

Holistic Immersive Collaboration

The project creates an environment for holistic immersive collaboration i.e. connecting multiple visualisation options to a central, company-wide digital knowledge pool. The objective of the project is to shorten the time to ramp up automotive manufacturing and reduce time to market whilst decreasing the cost of machine maintenance. The focus of the project is to develop number of augmented and virtual reality technologies along with a platform.

Factory Symbiosis

FactorySym project is an analysis of the workflows used to create Digital Twins, focusing on breaking the concepts down into parts, and using interchangeable software packages, rather than complete all-in-one solutions. The consortium included an automotive manufacturer, and simulation and IoT solutions providers. The aim is to make Digital Twin technologies more accessible to manufacturers, and integrate with existing systems, not replace them.


The 'Manufacturing Gamification’ project proved that through the adoption of appropriate gamification techniques, employee engagement and productivity improved without compromising assembly quality. The project was a first for the implementation of the connection between gaming methods and the automotive industry.